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How To Spot A Blown Hose and Prevent It

A blown hose in your cooling system is a common mechanical emergency that has happened to the best of us. Don’t blow your own top if you have one. Here’s what you can do to diagnose a blown hose and prevent a #MechanicalEmergency.

 

Check the condition of your hose.

 

Over time, the hose connected to your cooling system will likely wear down. It’s a good idea to regularly check your hoses for pin-holes, cracks, leaks and worn areas.

 

Now check the quality of your coolant.

 

Coolant is the real lifeblood of your engine. It helps keep the engine operating at its optimal temperature by removing heat from the engine. If your vehicle’s engine gets above 18-degrees its normal operating temperatures, you could catch a whole host of issues. Blown hose being one of them.

 

Poor coolant is bad for your hose.

 

If the engine temperature rises, pressure is building up in the cooling system. Coolant is boiling over and creating space for air to get into the engine system. Air is what you don’t want because it transfers heat and in effect helps your engine’s operating temperatures rise. Increased engine temperatures cause coolant to break down faster, leading to the buildup of rust that can clog the cooling system and increase the pressure within the system. And, all of this can put you on track to a blown hose.

 

Today’s prescription: check levels regularly.

 

Your car’s health is important and it all starts with the coolant. So, next time you look under the hood, check the coolant level and your cooling system hoses. A lot of drivers only think to check coolant levels twice per year—at the start of winter and summer. That simply isn’t enough. Make regular check-ups a priority for whatever you drive.

 

Top off and test quality.

 

When your coolant is low, top it off with PEAK Long-Life 50/50. It’s compatible for use in all automobiles and light-duty trucks.

Next, check the condition of your coolant with a PEAK Tester and visually inspect the color of the coolant.

 

If the coolant is dirty or the test indicates poor quality, we suggest performing a complete flush of the system and fill with PEAK Long-Life Full Strength and water mixture.

 

Try Not to Blow It

 

A blown hose doesn’t have to have you parked for good. Make checking coolant a priority, and inspect your hose for cracks and wear and tear. If your engine is overheating, you may have poor coolant levels. Pop the hood, and always use PEAK products.

Peak Auto

June 12, 2018

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